Book review, Mormons, slavery collide in 'Storms Gather' novel

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  • mightymite DRAPER, UT
    Nov. 3, 2012 6:53 p.m.

    Is this an advertisement or an article. I at least the dnews earned a little revenue from this.

  • Clifton Palmer McLendon Gilmer, Texas
    Nov. 3, 2012 12:22 p.m.

    To refute the oft-repeated canard that the War for Southern Independence (commonly but erroneously called "The Civil War") was fought over slavery, I need only mention the Corwin Amendment -- proposed by Congressman Thomas Corwin of Ohio, passed by Congress 2 March 1861, and endorsed by Abraham Lincoln. That amendment read: "No amendment shall be made to the Constitution which will authorize or give to Congress the power to abolish or interfere, within any State, with the domestic institutions thereof, including that of persons held to labor or service by the laws of said State."

    If the seceded States had wished to perpetuate slavery, they had only to re-join the Union and ratify that amendment.

    They did not because they seceded to escape an overweening, all-intrusive big government – the same reason that thirteen States seceded from Britain in 1776, Mexico from Spain in 1818, and Texas from Mexico in 1836.